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Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto

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Get an up-close look at Japanese macaques at Monkey Park Iwatayama, a forested area providing a home to a large troop of native primates. You'll be able to observe the monkeys from the safety of a caged viewing area, but be sure to follow posted instructions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters within unfenced spots. In addition to the monkeys, you'll find that the park features a sweeping view over the nearby city. Plan your Monkey Park Iwatayama visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyoto using our Kyoto family vacation planner.
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  • On the hill across the water you can go and see some of Japans famous monkeys. They won't be in hot springs but you can still walk around them, and even feed them at the top. It is a bit of a walk up ...  more »
  • To get there take the JR rail line from Kyoto to Arashiyma station. It takes about 15-25 minutes depending on the train (local or rapid). Once you get to the Arashiyama station, you and can walk (abou...  more »
  • The walk up the hill is not as easy as one would think! Be sure to wear very good shoes, as the path is slippery. For my children it was nice to see the monkeys up close, even if they are not so eager...  more »
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  • This was possibly my favorite place I visited during my trip to Japan. I will warn you that the hike to the top is a workout, but it's definitely worth it. You can only feed the monkeys from inside the hut but you can get some great pictures outside the hut of monkeys and the city. It only cost 550yen or 5.50 US Dollars(16 yrs old and up) and food baggies to feed the monkeys cost one hundred yen.
  • Great hike with gorgeous views of Kyoto. Of course, the Japanese macaque monkeys are what makes this area so unique. There are over 100 of them, freely roaming (and playing) all around you. For 100 yen, you can feed them from the special feeding area, which is a really fun activity.
  • If you like monkeys, this should not be missed! However, please note that this is located at the top of a mountain, and a steep climb IS necessary. So please make sure to dress appropriately and only attempt it if you're physically able. There's a view of the city at the top, though Kyoto's skyline isn't particularly memorable. The monkeys, though, are friendly and will take snacks (which you purchase there, you can't give them anything else) out of the palm of your hand. The macaque monkeys are adorable, and there's a lineage chart if you want to get to know them better!
  • Incredible place to check out if your visiting Kyoto. It was my number one place to see and it's super worth it. The cost for entrance is very little, and offers a lovely hike up to where the monkeys are. The monkeys were numerous and surprising docile. Howver don't get too close. If you spook one, they will come after you in groups. Some monkeys chased us while heading down the trail back to the shrine entrance. It was cute, and scary, just be careful not to intrude their space.
  • We are so glad we came here!! So beautiful, the view of the city and hanging out with the cute macaque monkeys is just amazing! The monkeys allow you to photograph them and there is chance you will have very close contact with them. One of the monkeys came right up to my partner and tugged on his pants, like he was asking us for something!? Probably begging for food, since you will get a chance to feed them, they are well accustomed to accepting food from strangers! Treats such as fruits, nuts are sold for the monkeys and you can feed them from the safety of the park house's windows. The hike up to view them is only about 20 minutes, on a paved path. There is toilets facilities near the ticket booth for the park. Plenty of restaurants and cute shopping boutiques for gifts and fun across the river. We watched some birds, possibly cranes, that gave us a show catching fish at sundown We took a romantic stroll through the residential neighborhood next door and were in awe just looking at the unique homes and small roads. Would definitely come here again if I find myself in Kyoto again someday.